Page 281. " a certain Sabaean perfume, an aromatic fragrance "

   A reference to the kingdom of Saba (or 'Sheba') depicted in several scriptures of the Bible and Qur'an, which prosperously traded in exotic spices and perfume. Some scholars have equated it with the Sabaean kingdom, which occupied the Arabic coastal region today called Yemen for the best part of the last two millenia BC. 

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Page 287. " I was left skinned like another St. Bartholomew "
'St. Bartholomew the Apostle', Marco d'Agrate (1562)
Creative Commons Attribution'St. Bartholomew the Apostle', Marco d'Agrate (1562) - Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beggs/

 

 

   Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles of Christ, albeit one who is never recorded to speak or act independently anywhere in the New Testament.  He is best remembered for the traditional account, referenced here by Andrés, which has him martyred in Armenia by being flayed alive.